Friday inspiration

Pizza in the oven. Kids showered, dripping wet hair in their pyjamas stuck in front of the TV. Can’t wait for the weekend to fully take off! All week I have been preparing home cooked meals, ensuring loads of greens were consumed. I made smoothies and shakes with milk, bananas, blue berries and other healthy stuff, prepared casseroles with tons of different veggies and today I just don’t feel like it. The struggle of hiding the veg hoping they go unnoticed is so so very tiring and frustrating. I am on strike now. And although this is the very exception to the rule, I now feel guilty. Out with the bad thoughts; in with the weekend thoughts! According to new health guidelines I am now also in serious breach as I open a bottle of wine and have a glass to celebrate the beginning of the weekend. I am sure it is all true, but it does feel a bit frustrating. Guilty pleasures have become very bleak and almost unsustainable. Anyway, back to the weekend. I am feeling selfish. What would I like to do most? Lunch in my favourite restaurant with a good bottle of red, a walk on the beach, some shopping perhaps and then maybe a concert? I think not. More likely to be, grocery shopping, ballet (times 2), swimming (times 2), haircut for my boy, new shoes for kids (always a delight) and then some more kids stuff.

Perhaps a bit of retail therapy or some great interior inspiration? If you have a look on Instagram you find inspiration to last you forever, good and bad stuff, powerful and impressing, sad and exciting.

On Fridays I like to ponder over things – with obligatory wine in hand – and think about the week. I try to focus on the good things in life and therefore – among other more life changing & obviously more important events – also on the best interior things of the week. So I thought I’d share with you some of this weeks top pics, favourite things, events etc.etc.

  1. One of my favourite things has to be discovering some of the great art and creative stuff people get up to. Particularly easy to showcase and great to keep track of on Instagram. This week I discovered some great work by @patirobins and @houseoffiv5. Two very talented ladies – one specializes in photography of the moody and deep, vulnerable dark kind. The other makes beautiful funky and rock and roll plates to hang on your wall. Go check them out!
  2. Quite a big announcement in design land: Ikea has announced collaborations with Hay and Tom Dixon.
    Must say this is pretty spectacular news. Ikea is truly entering into a total different direction with these great icons. In particular for me I would say Tom Dixon is going to add that bit of glam and rock Ikea is probably longing for!
    Here’s a reminder of some of the great Tom Dixon work:

  3.  For me personally and on a much smaller scale this week was all about Instagram and the website; I am getting such Instagram pleasure not just because of the quick and instant gratification of the likes and followers but also because of the truly engaging, funny, and helpful instachums! I posted a photo of one of my only rooms which hasn’t moved over to the darkside yet – it has this lovely duck-egg, green colour – with the question whether this one should also be converted and the comments and feedback were just great! Here is the photo so that you are also up to date:
    What do you think go dark or not? To follow the views go to my Instagram @magpiehomes
    That was my week. Hope you had a good one and better still have a great weekend!


Hairy beasts

I never realized I would be finding ants in little jars, snails in boxes under beds and various other eerie insects in the most obscure places of the house. I had accepted that my eldest – a boy – might do this but now to find my youngest daughter into this kind of thing I have no hope. No hope of an animal-free-home that is. Not that I am against animals but I like insects to stay outside and feel that pets are OK provided I am not the one cleaning up after yet another family member. Five of us is enough – thank you very much. Whilst we are still working hard on the “perhaps your dirty socks can find their way into the washing basket – in stead of a few inches in front on the floor ” I do not feel a pet is justified.  I never had any real pets growing up. Actually, that’s not strictly true I had several gold fish but they never stayed with me for very long and then we had one white little rabbit who went by the very original name of ‘Snowy’. Snowy was a little rabbit that didn’t quite make the cut – his owner bred rabbits with particular specifications to bring to shows and Snowy’s ears were about half an inch too long and therefore Snowy was no longer relevant to the owner. I decided to take the plunge and bring him home. I don’t think Snowy and myself had a real relationship going on and as expected my mum ended up cleaning his little rabbit home. A dog is what I wanted but that never happened. My mum however grew up with loads of animals and whilst we didn’t have any pets I knew my mum just felt the exact same as I do now. I remember coming home from school one day to witness my mum running up and down after a couple of ducks in front of the house. She was wearing a trenchcoat and had a broom in one hand whilst chasing the ducks. I stood there looking and laughing thinking ‘what on earth is she up to now?’ She was flapping along the canal with her coat ballooning in the wind and mowing through the air with her broomstick. She told me she was trying to rescue a female duck from 2 male ducks (called ‘drakes’ I just found out – is there no specific name for a female duck?) who were trying to sexually assault the duck. So she believed. The fight against injustice definitely came before image with my mum….

When it comes to using prints, furs or other animal attributes in the interior I try to be fair. There are lovely faux furs around – I have a lot of faux fur throws. I also have the real deal but tend to go for sheepskins – which I know weren’t killed for the skin – or else have cowhides painted with zebra stripes to give the illusion of a real zebra – which of course it is not. I am also not against beautiful taxidermy provided done responsibly and always try to buy those that weren’t killed for the decoration purpose. I know all of this is controversial so make up your own mind. Creating layers are important in interior design and I do think a bit of sheepskin or a faux fur or zebra fake adds that bit of coziness and texture a well designed room needs.

Here are some great pics of faux furs, and the real deal.

Finally, working on the business and Instagramming daily – can’t believe what an instant pleasure!  Go to my Instragram account @magpiehomes to see my daily pics. Great people and like-minded design chums galore!

My own pad